Professor Emeritus Andre Béteille
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Delhi School of Economics
University of Delhi


Andre Béteille is one of India's leading sociologists and writers. He is particularly well known for his studies of the caste system in South India. He is a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. Professor Béteille is Chancellor of the North-Eastern Hill University and Ashoka University.

He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from the University of Calcutta. Thereafter, he received his doctorate from the University of Delhi. After a brief stint at the Indian Statistical Institute as a research fellow, he joined the faculty of sociology at the DSE.

In his long and distinguished career, he has in the past taught at Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Chicago, London School of Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, University of California, Berkeley and, the Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin. He was Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.

In 2005, Professor Béteille received the Padma Bhushan as a mark of recognition for his work in the field of Sociology. The same year he was appointed a member of the Prime Minister's National Knowledge Commission. In 2006, following a proposal for increasing caste-based reservations, Andre Béteille quit the Commission in protest. In 2006, he was made National Professor.
Dipankar Gupta
Director, Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory
Shiv Nadar University


Dipanker Gupta is Distinguished Professor and Director at the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory at Shiv Nadar University. Professor Gupta also serves as a Director of the Reserve Bank of India and the National Bank for Rural Development (NABARD). He is a member of the Punjab Reforms Governance Commission and is on the Board of Directors at Max India

In his distinguished career as an academic, Professor Gupta has been part of the visiting faculty at several universities, as Leverhulme Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), Fulbright Professor, University of Massachusetts; Visiting Professor, University of Toronto; University of Strasbourg; University of Hull; Queens University, Belfast and the Institute for the Study of Politics (Sciences-Po) in Paris and Lille. In 2007, he was the Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C.

Professor Gupta began teaching in 1980 at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharalal Nehru University, New Delhi, where he remained till 2009. He also taught at in the Department of Sociology at University of Delhi, between 1993 and 1995.

He has authored and edited over 18 books and was co-editor of Contributions to Indian Sociology from 1992 to 2007. In 2010, he was awarded Chevalier De L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Artes and Letters) by the French Government and in 2014, the Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa from the University of Burdwan, West Bengal.
Ramaswamy Sudarshan
Professor and Dean
Jindal School of Government and Public Policy


Professor Ramaswamy Sudarshan has had distinguished careers in the domains of research, development programming and governance. After he obtained a Master’s degree in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, he was elected to a Rhodes scholarship. He joined Balliol College, Oxford University and obtained a Master’s degree in politics in 1977. He was elected to a research fellowship at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, where he focused on the interface of law, economics and public policy, including judicial review of economic legislation by the Supreme Court of India. In 1983, he was a visiting scholar in the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. He served in the Ford Foundation’s South Asia Office in New Delhi as Assistant Representative and Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice in 1984. He joined the UNDP in India in 1991 as Senior Economist and Assistant Representative for Governance and Public Policy. In 2000, he served UNDP in Jakarta as its Senior Governance Advisor. He was appointed Policy Advisor for Justice and Governance in the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre in 2002. Thereafter, in 2005, he was transferred to the UNDP Asia- Pacific Centre in Bangkok. In 2012, he joined the O.P. Jindal Global University as the founding dean of the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. Professor Sudarshan has an impressive track record of publications comprising co-edited books, articles, and United Nations policy and practice reports.
Toby Linden
Lead Education Specialist
The World Bank Group


Toby Linden is a British national who joined the World Bank's South Asia Human Development Unit as a Lead Education Specialist in January 2011, and moved to Delhi in July 2011. Before joining the India team, he was on secondment from the Bank to serve as Director of the Roma Education Fund, an international NGO working to improve the educational outcomes Roma (Gypsies), the poorest minority in Europe. Other positions in his 14 years with the World Bank include working in the Country Office in Bosnia and as part of the analytical and research unit of the Education Network. His publications in the education sector include the World Bank's first book on lifelong learning and papers in secondary and higher education.
Rafiq Dossani
Director, RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Rafiq Dossani is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and professor of economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research interests include higher education, South Asian politics and economic development, and technology policy. Dossani is currently undertaking projects on the use of technology in early childhood education in the United States, on optimizing college search for high school students in India, strategic planning for education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and the use of technology-enhanced education at the University of Texas at Tyler. Previously, Dossani was a senior research scholar at Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and director of the Stanford Center for South Asia. Dossani holds a B.A. in economics from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, India; an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India; and a Ph.D. in finance from Northwestern University.
Indira J Parikh
Founder President
FLAME


Professor. Indira J. Parikh has done M.Ed from University of Rochester, New York and Doctorate from Gujarat University. As the Founder President of FLAME, she is involved in with creating the academic vision and shaping of FLAME. Earlier, she was a faculty at IIM-Ahmedabad for over 30 years and also served as its Dean from 2002 to 2005. She has taught at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France) and Texas A&M University and has designed and offered management and leadership development programs in public sector, private sector and multinational organizations. Her specialization in organizational development and design, and institution building has led her to serve as a consultant to various national and international organizations. She has conceptualized the Center for Organizational Growth and Excellence (COGE) with its focus on thresholds of life, lifelong learning, development and growth. Professor Parikh has been honored with several life time achievement awards at national and international levels. She has written numerous articles, published in National & and International Journals and is the author of several books.
Anant Agarwal
CEO
edX


Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.

Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He is the co-author of Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits along with Jeffrey H. Lang.

Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.
Professor Hugh Davis
University of Southampton

Hugh Davis is Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Southampton, where he is also Director of Education, and directs the Institute for Learning Innovation and Development (ILIaD). Hugh has a long history of research in Hypertext and in Learning Technologies, with over 200 publications in these areas and more than 35 grants. He also has significant experience as an educational change-agent in Higher Education at both a local and national level. His current interests include the ‘Virtual University’, using educational analytics to understand how students go about learning, and how the web changes HE and learning, all of which are branches of Web Science. Hugh has given a number of recent keynote talks on so called "disruptions" in HE, in particular on on-line learning, MOOCs, and the changes they cause.
Professor Christine Ennew

Christine Ennew is Provost and CEO of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Nottingham. Christine graduated from Cambridge University and completed her PhD at Nottingham. She was appointed to lead UNMC in January 2013 and is responsible for the Nottingham’s first international campus which is located to the south of Kuala Lumpur and is home to almost 5000 students and around 650 staff. She was previously Dean of Social Sciences and has been Pro Vice Chancellor since 2008. She serves on a number of advisory boards internationally and is the University’s Manager for the Universitas21 network.
Sumita Dawra
Secretary
Dept. of Higher Education,
Govt. of Andhra Pradesh


Sumita Dawra joined civil services in 1991 as an I.A.S officer. She has done her M.A. and M.Phil in Economics from Punjab University, and also an MBA in Marketing and Finance. Later, she did her M.B.A in Public policy from University of Birmingham, UK. Currently, she is the Secretary, Dept. of Higher Education; Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. She has experience of more than two decades in public administration. As District Collector in a naxal-prone district in Andhra Pradesh state of India, she had the rare opportunity to work as the highest convergence point for development work for a population of 3.6 million people. Previously, she was the Counsellor and Head of Economic Wing, Embassy of India in Beijing where she facilitated three annual India-China financial dialogues among her other works. She is the author of the best selling book on public policy published by Harper Collins titled- ‘Poor but Spirited in Karimnagar: Field Notes of a Civil Servant.’ Her upcoming book is titled “China: Behind the Miracle” which focuses on the growth and development models in China.
Ashok Jhunjhunwala
Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras


Ashok Jhunjhunwala is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. After his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur, he got his MS and PhD from the University of Maine. From 1979 to 1981, he was with Washington State University as Assistant Professor, and since 1981, he has been teaching at IIT Madras.

Considered a pioneer in nurturing Industry-Academia interaction in India towards R&D, Innovation and Product Development, he conceived and built the first Research Park (IIT Madras Research Park) in India which houses over 100 R&D companies in its 1.2 million square feet built-up area. TIE conferred on him the title of Dronacharya for his contributions to the cause of entrepreneurship. He heads the IITM Incubation Cell and Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI). He leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group (TeNeT).

He was a Director on the board of State Bank of India, Bharat Electronics, HTL, NRDC, IDRBT, VSNL and BSNL. Currently he is a board member Tata Communications, Mahindra Rewa, Polaris, Sasken, Tejas Networks, TTML, Intellect and Exicom. He is currently also on the board of BIRAC and Chairman of Technology Advisory Group of SEBI. He is also chairman of a Committee of SAC-PM on water. Dr. Jhunjhunwala was conferred the Padma Shri, the Shanti-swarup Bhatnagar Award, Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, H. K. Firodia Award, Silicon India Leadership Award, Millenium Medal at Indian Science Congress, UGC Hari Om Ashram Award, IETE’s Ram Lala Wadhwa Gold Medal, JC Bose fellowship, Bernard Low Humanitarian Award and many others. He is a fellow of IEEE, INSA, NAS, IAS, INAE and WWRF. He has also been conferred honorary doctorate by University of Maine and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.
Bijendra Nath Jain

Bijendra Nath Jain re-joined IIT Delhi in August 2015 as Professor of Computer Science upon completing his 5-year term as Vice Chancellor at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani.
During 2010 to 2015, he worked with BITS’ leadership to grow and transform BITS Pilani into one of India’s top research-focused university, while introducing a number of innovative solutions to enhance research capability and industry engagement. He also designed and rolled out a 10-year plan to expand student strength at UG, PG and PhD levels together by over 70%.

Earlier, he obtained B. Tech. from IIT Kanpur in 1970 and PhD from SUNY, Stony Brook (NY), both in Electrical Engg. Since 1975, he was with IIT Delhi, where he was Professor of Computer Science, and at different times a Microsoft Chair Professor, Head of the Department, Dean Alumni Affairs and International Programs, and Deputy Director (Faculty Affairs). He has held visiting appointments with University of Texas, University of Maryland, Bell Labs, and Cisco Systems. In 2009, he was a Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow at University of Western Australia, Perth.

His teaching and research interests are in Computer Networks and Systems, including Ad hoc and Wireless Networks, Sensor Networks and Information Security. Other than authoring a number of research papers in international journals and conferences, he has co-authored the book “OSI: Its Architecture and Protocols” published in 1993 by McGraw Hill, New York (later translated into Japanese). He is a co-inventor, with researchers from Cisco Systems, in seven US patents.

In 1983, Professor Jain was the first to propose a nation-wide data network for India. With funding from Government of India and UNDP, and together with developers from other IITs, IISc Bangalore, he built and launched in 1990 India’s first data network, ERNet, and thereby made India the 14th country in the world to be part of the Internet.

He has helped several organisations in India build their data networks. These include RECL, PNB, NTPC, NDDB, UNICEF, and (most recently) Customs & Excise Department. He is (or was) a member of several committees, including DRDO’s Naval Research Board, Technology Assessment Board of Microsoft Research, and Boards of Governors of IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee and IIIT Delhi.

Professor Jain is co-founder and past-Chairman of Kritikal Solutions, a technology start-up focused on computer vision, embedded systems and networks, and co- founder of Kritikal SecureScan, a company focused on IT-based security solutions.
Tara Béteille
Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Education Practice

Tara Béteille is a Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Education Practice, where she has been working on education programs in India and Sri Lanka. She obtained her PhD from Stanford University in 2009, specializing in the economics of education, whereafter she worked as a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford’s Center for Education Policy and Analysis. She joined the World Bank in 2010 through the Young Professional’s Program. She has published a number of book chapters and journal articles on the economics of education. Her most recent publications include co-authoring two of the Bank’s flagship reports, Student Learning and Achievement in South Asia and Addressing Inequality in South Asia. Ms Béteille also led ICICI Bank’s non-profit initiatives in education from 2000 till 2004.
Pankaj Jalote
Director
Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi


Pankaj Jalote is the Director of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. He has a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois. Earlier, he has been a Chair Professor at IIT Delhi. He was a Professor and Head of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at IIT Kanpur. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland. His main area of interest is Software Engineering. He has served as the Vice President of Infosys Technologies Ltd. from 1996 to 1998. He was also a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, US. He is the author of four books including the best selling textbook titled 'An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering' and the highly acclaimed 'CMM in Practice', which has been translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other languages. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and INAE. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and on Services Computing as well as the International Journal on Empirical Software Engineering.
Gautam Barua
Mentor Director
IIT Guwahati


Gautam Barua is currently the Mentor Director of Indian Institute of Information Technology Guwahati. He was the Director IIT Guwahati from 2003 till 2013 and is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering there since 1995. He graduated from IIT Bombay with B.Tech and M.Tech degrees in Electrical Engineering. He obtained a PhD degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA in 1981. He was at IIT Kanpur from 1982 till 1995. His areas of interest are Operating Systems and Networks. He is in a number of governing Boards of organizations. Some are : CSIR Society, Indian Insurance Bureau, Cotton College State University, NERIST, Central Institute of Technology Kokrajhar. He is an IT consultant to the Govt. of Assam and to a number of public enterprises
Gautam Sinha
Director
IIM Kashipur


Gautam Sinha is the founding Director of IIM Kashipur. He is certified as a TQM Trainer and ISO Lead Assessor from institutes in Columbia and UK. He has a decade long experience with Vinod Gupta School of Management at IIT Kharagpur as a Professor of Operations, Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing Strategy where he launched the new executive MBA Programme for IIT Kharagpur at Kolkata and Bhubaneswar Campus. He has also served as the Professor In-Charge of the Training and Placement Cell of IIT Kharagpur. Having spent 25 years with steel and engineering industry with SAIL, he regularly conducts international and national MDP programs for Senior Management and Middle Management executives. Prior to IIM Kashipur, he was Director at Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi where he initiated several innovative programs. He is a biker and a motorcycle enthusiast having finished 3000 km bike expedition in Himachal and Ladakh and his book of poems titled 'Refractions' is ready for publication. He is a recipient of "Best Teacher Award in Operations Management" in Asia's B-school Awards in 2011 at Singapore and "Thought Leader Award" in World Education Congress 2013 at Mumbai.
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